All Wired Up: Is Andrew Bogut Seriously Still On The Waiver-Wire?
The NBA season has kicked off and knowing lots of fantasy owners, you’ll all be eager to action your trigger fingers and make a grab at free agents on your waiver wire from the get-go. In these “All Wired Up” posts, which I’ll endeavour to have up daily, I’ll look at the best performances from players who are on the waiver wire in most standard leagues.
Andrew Bogut – Warriors (ESPN 95 percent, Yahoo 77 percent)
Today’s All Wired Up is a bit of a departure from how I normally assess these articles in terms of ownership percentage. But when I saw that Andrew Bogut wasn’t 100 percent owned and was actually less than 80 percent owned in Yahoo, I felt like I needed to bring this to fantasy basketball players’ attention.
In essence, this is a public service announcement. Check your wire. If Bogut is there, he needs to be owned. Period. If, or more likely when, he gets injured, then you can move on, but for now, the big Aussie is ballin’. Against the Nets, Bogut had his best game of the season, scoring 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-5 FT) with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and four blocks in 31 minutes. If it’s scoring you want, look another direction, but if you need boards (he’s averaging 10.8), blocks (2.1) and assists from a centre (3.0), as well as a solid field goal percentage (52 percent), he is a must-own and should be 100 percent owned in all leagues.
He’s also currently playing the most minutes at 29 than he has since 2011-12, when he only played 12 games. Bogut looks energised, the Warriors look strong and Bogut can really help improve the look of your fantasy squad.
James Johnson – Raptors (ESPN 1 percent, Yahoo 7 percent)
I’ve been waiting for a James Johnson explosion and Thursday, we had it. Against the Bulls, Johnson went off, scoring 16 points (7-9 FG, 2-3 FT) with five rebounds, one assist, four steals, and four blocks in just 24 minutes. This comes on the back of a 10 rebound game, and for the season, in just 20 minutes a game, Johnson is averaging 1.4 blocks per game as a small forward.
Currently, Johnson is ranked inside the top 100 players, but it’s hard to justify adding him in 10 team leagues, but in a 12 team league, if you desperately mining the wire for those rare defensive stats, he’s a very solid option. If anything happens to Terrence Ross as the Raptors’ small forward, Johnson becomes a must-add player. In leagues of 14 teams and over, Johnson should be scooped up, but otherwise, I’d just keep a watch on him.
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